Is it possible to get the Windows 7 taskbar clock to display the seconds, without having to install a utility?
This is not currently possible without using third party apps. While windows allows you to change the short-form and long-form of your default times (
Control Panel -> Region and Language -> Additional Settings -> Time -> Short: hh:mm:ss tt), this change does not take effect on the taskbar clock.
As @CharlieRB noted, you can use the Clock gadget to display the clock on your desktop, or you can click on the time to see an expanded calendar/clock flyout with the time in seconds.
Currently it's not possible to make Windows 7 taskbar clock display the seconds without 3rd party app.
However, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker from http://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker adds this functionality with one single click:
Starting with Windows 10 build 14393:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] "ShowSecondsInSystemClock"=dword:00000001
In order to apply change immediately restart
explorer.exe process via Task Manager.
Or relogin. Thanks to Microsoft. On Linux I use
xclock -digit for 10 years ))
First, right-click on the clock and open Adjust date/time. Then go to Formats -> Change Date/Time Formats. Make sure you set the appropriate Long time format.
Then, add the following DWORD registry value to the registry path of
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] ShowSecondsInSystemClock (set a hexadecimal value of 1).
Select explorer.exe from task manager->details tab and delete. Then go to menu New->Run and re-run explorer.exe
You should now see the long time format (eg. HH:mm:ss) displayed on your taskbar instead of the standard time.
To add 100th seconds to the taskbar:
- Go to
- Add a new DWord Value
- Rename it
- Set the Hex Value to 1
- Restart Computer
When you're logged in, the 100th second will be there!
You can use PTBSync which does much more than only showing seconds in the trayclock. It has a calendar with holidays of most contries in the world. It has a converter for islam, jewish, coptic and iran calendars. All this information can be displayed in a configurable tooltip when you hold the mouse over the trayclock. It can even make your taskbar transparent. It runs on Windows XP up to Windows 10. It can also display the current weather and a flash clock with seconds on your desktop.